Show the Love at East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA
Conversations on Race/Black Lives Matter Flash Stance
About a year and a half ago, members of the Beloved Racial Justice Ministry team at East Shore began a Black Lives Matter Flash Stance at a major intersection near our church (Factoria Blvd), in which we hold up signs reminding our community that "Black Lives Matter;" that we are committed to "Standing on the Side of Love;" that "All means All." The Flash Stance has garnered a lot of attention, mostly supportive, but some destructive. This has led to strong relationship/community building with the Bellevue Police Department and other area organizations and community leaders. In addition to the weekly Flash Stance, Beloved Racial Justice Ministry team also holds a monthly breakfast called Conversations on Race, in which varying topics such as why the focus on "Black Lives Matter" rather than "All Lives Matter;" what it means to be an "Ally;" "Color Blindness," and "White Fragility" are discussed using short videos produced by the Seattle Weekly (local paper) called "Under our Skin." It is a powerful space to be in; one that offers safety while pushing our growing edge; and a space that will hopefully lead to personal and community healing during these intense times where the pursuit of social justice is critically important. Please check our website for further details and join us. www.esuc.org.
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